How Many Taxpayer-Funded Spaceports Does Richard Branson Need?

Space tourism sounds pretty fun, if exorbitantly expensive. The ticket to ride is far from the only pricy thing about it. Building a spaceport for launches and returns costs hundreds of millions. So why does Sir Richard Branson now want to build one in the UK, right after finishing one in America—which isn’t even…

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SpaceShipTwo Pilot's Free Fall From 50,000 Feet May Have Saved His Life

The crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket during a test flight last year has been determined to be caused by human error, and a free fall from 50,000 feet after the craft disintegrated around the pilot is possibly what saved his life, according to new information from the investigating National Transportation…

Why The Sky Isn't Falling On SpaceX After Yesterday's Rocket Explosion

Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year.

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